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Wildlife

What Happens to Wildlife During a Wildfire?

So, what exactly is the impact of forest fires on wildlife? It turns out that like most things in life, it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, wildfire is a natural part of the ecosystem in the western United States, and wildlife has a long relationship with it. Some species even benefit from the blazes. On the other hand, of course fire can be dangerous to animals and plants that can’t outrun it.

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Do Bears Really Hibernate?

When we think about strategies animals use to survive the winter, we often picture birds flying south and bears hibernating in caves. However, not many animals truly hibernate, and bears are among those that do not. Bears enter a lighter state of sleep called torpor.

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Nine Questions About Bats

How much do you know about the only flying mammal in the world? These fuzzy creatures may be portrayed as monsters in movies, but they’re pretty important to our forests. Here are a couple questions to help you better understand bats.

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Gliding Through Appalachian National Forests

These nocturnal flying squirrels soar among the trees of high elevation forests, though they don’t actually fly. Instead, they glide by unfurling their furred-skin folds into a square and using their tail as a rudder.

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Reforesting Canada Lynx Habitat

Wildlife everywhere needs room to roam and our National Forests provide rich and diverse landscapes across the U.S. The Canada lynx is just one example of the different kinds of unique wildlife that can be found across our forests.

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Up Close and Personal with Bears on the Tongass National Forest

Have you ever wanted to see a bear up close? Usually, when adventuring on our National Forests, a close encounter with a bear can be dangerous – and certainly unwanted. But at the Anan Wildlife Observatory on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, sightings of these impressive animals are not only common – but heavily sought after.

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